Saturday, March 21, 2020

Our Trip is Postponed - But the Need Goes On!

With border closures and current health and safety conditions, are not able to visit Hogar de Amor this April. As a team, we are gutted. We love the kids and staff of Hogar de Amor deeply, and we are so sad to cancel this year's trip.

The need at Hogar de Amor continues whether we are there or not, and the kids are dealing with all of the same stresses, health concerns, and stir-craziness of at-home school that so many of the rest of us feel. We are so disappointed not be able to love and encourage them in-person, and we remain committed to helping to sustain the needs of the orphanage even though we aren't able to visit right now. We want to knock their socks off with a huge donation to help out in this time of difficulty!

Please think and pray about making a donation today to Hogar de Amor.

You can donate online at https://centerpointutah.org/giving (select Mexico Mission Trip as the fund) or make checks out to CenterPoint Church with a memo of "Mexico trip" and mail them to the CenterPoint offices. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Wondering how your gift can be used? Here are some examples of the orphanage’s needs:
  • $8 for 12 pairs of boys athletic socks
  • $15 for 8 pairs of kids’ underwear
  • $250 purchases sealant for one orphanage house roof to keep it water-tight
  • $50 buys 5 gallons of paint
  • $30 buys fabric for curtains for one room of the new adolescent boys’ home
  • $15 for 15 new kitchen towels
  • $15 purchases 2 packages of multi-symptom cold and flu medication
  • $10 buys a giant box of assorted Band-Aids
  • $200 pays for clothing, food, activities, housing, and school expenses for one child
And above all, please pray for Hogar de Amor. Pray for the kids' health and safety and continued emotional growth even in a tough time. Pray for the caregivers and volunteers at Hogar de Amor as they now need to provide schooling on-site in addition to all of their other responsibilities. Pray that each person at Hogar de Amor would feel God's love, every day. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Hogar de Amor Virtual Fundraiser!

We’ve decided to take our annual Hogar de Amor fundraiser online! Even though we can’t collect donations in-person at work or at church, that doesn’t change the needs that the kids of Hogar de Amor have, nor does it change our desire to knock their socks off with our love and generosity towards them!

We usually bring down multiple suitcases of donations every year - will you join us in blessing the kids and caregivers of Hogar de Amor with your generosity?

You can donate online at https://centerpointutah.org/giving (select Mexico Mission Trip as the fund) or make checks out to CenterPoint Church with a memo of "Mexico trip" and mail them to the CenterPoint offices. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Wondering how your gift can be used? Here are some examples of the orphanage’s needs:

  • $8 for 12 pairs of boys athletic socks
  • $15 for 8 pairs of kids’ underwear
  • $250 purchases sealant for one orphanage house roof to keep it water-tight
  • $50 buys 5 gallons of paint
  • $30 buys fabric for curtains for one room of the new adolescent boys’ home
  • $15 for 15 new kitchen towels
  • $15 purchases 2 packages of multi-symptom cold and flu medication
  • $10 buys a giant box of assorted Band-Aids
  • $200 pays for clothing, food, activities, housing, and school expenses for one child
Please join us in blessing and sustaining the work of Hogar de Amor. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Supporting Hogar de Amor

We are so excited about this year's trip to Hogar de Amor and wanted to invite you to support the kids and caregivers along with us. Each year we are able to bless the orphanage staff and kids with tons of donations - come join us!

How can you help?
  1. Pray pray pray!  Pray for the kids, the caregivers, the community, and the trip.
  2. Provide supply donations for the trip.  We are collecting coloring and activity books, colored pencils,  kitchen towels, hair brushes and barrettes, first aid supplies and medicines, and all sizes of children's and young adult underwear and socks.  You can give these items to Jamie or anybody going on the trip. If you are a regular attender of CenterPoint Church we will also have specific donation requests in the lobby before and after church in March.
  3. Financially support the trip's projects and the orphans of Hogar de Amor.  We will use these donations to purchase supplies for the trip and will donate the rest directly to the orphanage, so everything you give will help and encourage the kids of Hogar de Amor!  You can donate online (select Mexico Mission Trip as the fund) or make checks out to CenterPoint Church with a memo of "Mexico trip" and bring checks to church or mail them to the CenterPoint offices. All financial gifts are tax-deductible.



Saturday, May 11, 2019

What we Learn and Why we Do it

Here's a recording of the 5/5/19 sermon at CenterPoint Church- it talks about what the trip is, why we do it, and the great depths of learning and growth we experience every year.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Videos and Memories

This week at CenterPoint Church we got to celebrate and share the joys of our 2019 Go and Grow: Colima trip. It's hard to sum it all up in just a few minutes' of video, but here's our best attempt.

Here's our video slideshow:

And here's a fun recounting of all the things we still need to learn from our brothers and sisters in Colima!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Reflection on Serving - Marcia

Heading into my seventh “CenterPoint Go and Grow”, I didn’t expect much new. We had sponsored Esmeralda for two years. We wrote, she wrote, we visited and loved each other for two years. But she would not be at Hogar de Amor this year.

She was a part of Hogar de Amor (along with three other sisters) because her parents could not support them. Esmeralda had not attended school for a year. I prayed for the parents and that the family would be reunited, and then it happened. Esmeralda wrote that she was concerned, not knowing if her parents had really changed. She may no longer be a part of my life, but she will always be in my heart.

We were offered David as a child to sponsor. He had just arrived to the orphanage and was adjusting to his new household. We wrote, not expecting a reply, since he was only five years old. On this trip, we found David and gave him some trucks we had brought. We fell in love with David. His houseparent, Carmen is now a Facebook friend and she sends pictures, which I love.

Because I sponsored one child, I now have a whole family to pray for. As I GO to Mexico, my heart GROWS in its capacity to love more.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Reflections on Serving - Hedgers


I’m still processing all we were able to experience while at Hogar de Amor.  My heart is so full after this amazing experience.

We have wanted to go on the Mexico mission trip for a couple of years now, but the opportunity finally came this year. Bailey and I aren’t frequent foreign travelers. We have always had my husband with us when we have traveled to guide us and keep us safe. Needless to say I was nervous about the trip, but everyone that had gone years prior were so good to answer any questions we had and guide us through the traveling process.

We were taken back by the love the caregivers shared with the children and all of us that were serving. They are truly amazing for what they do everyday showing God’s love all the way!

While we helped paint various projects and clean up areas that needed attention, we also had the opportunity to enjoy spending time with the children by playing games, doing crafts and giving and receiving many hugs

The week we spent there was a blessing I will cherish forever. I can’t wait to go back again and see the child we now sponsor.
And don’t forget to do good and to share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased
Hebrews 13:16